Magazine article Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review

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Magazine article Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review

From the Editors

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Goodbye, 2011. You've been rich.

The online Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers eight definitions of rich, and four of the eight have at least two sub-parts. When I tell the Old Year it's been rich, I think I personally mean it in the sense of definition 7b: "meaningful, significant," which of course can broadly cover both positive and negative richness. When I think about the big picture--yon know, politics, the economy, the general state of the world--I think 6c might be just about right: "high in the combustible component." In the world at large as well as in my small one, some aspects of the year have been 7a: "entertaining; also: laughable," some even 3: "magnificently impressive" (think certain protest movements). On many levels I can even see 4c as apt: "having a strong fragrance," but I won't elaborate on just what that fragrance might have been.

Certainly I, myself, have not felt rich this year in the sense of definition I--"having abundant possessions and especially material wealth"--and I'm sure at least ninety-nine percent of our readers haven't either--even though I'm well aware that as a citizen of the U.S., in no matter what percentile, I have far more wealth than the average citizen in many other places in the world. By my own standards, which are not primarily material, I have to say that my life has been rich in the sense of 2a--"having high value or quality"--and 2b, "well supplied," especially with love and support and lots of humor and adventure. …

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